Surf Coast Century 2012

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I’m pretty excited. I’m heading interstate for the first time to the Surf Coast Century 2012 for a running holiday. No kids but sadly no husband. I spotted the Surf Coast Century at the beginning of the year. I thought it looked like an awesome way to clock up 100km. This year I have already 2 race records for coastal events in 2012. Coastrek 50km Team Race Record of 6 hours 14 minutes from Palm Beach to Balmoral Beach and Coastal Classic 2:49 from Otford to Bundeena. Oxfam Trail Walker Sydney can be said to be similar terrain to a coastal event, as it is located along the Hawksbury River, Jerusalem Bay, Cowan Creek and Sydney Harbour. I again broke a… Read More →

Inov8 Coastal Classic 2012

Coastal Classic 2012 Start

Inov8 Coastal Classic 2012 It was a big ask to back up for Inov8 Coastal Classic 2012 only one week after Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012. I would not normally enter a race so soon after an Ultra. My sponsors Barefoot Inc with Inov8 shoes were the featured sponsors for the event so I felt compelled to show my support for the brand. Last year I had an extra week to recover and relish my energy stores, so I was not sure how my body was going to react. I am the current female record holder for the course and last years winner with a time of 2 Hours 57 minutes. I had to give it a go. You just never… Read More →

Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012 Davidson reserve to the Finish

Oxfam Trail Walker 2012 No Roads Expeditions Team Winner Finish

Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012 toward the Finish. I emerged from the Port-a-loo’s feeling better but a bit shaky. My support crew gave a a 2 minute count down to get my gear together including my head torch and with in 2 minutes we took off as a group and I started to struggle. Brendan Davies joined the support crew at Davidson Reserve help out and to encourage us and I think this really spurred Andy on. Andy suddenly remembered how fast he could run. The guys were now on a roll and I was having problems keeping up with them. Far out man Andy is so fast and Jono can match it with him. I was happy that Paul was… Read More →

Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012 St Ives to Davidson Reserve

Oxfam Trail Walker 2012 No Roads Expeditions Andrew Lee

Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012 We ran into St Ives Showground Check Point 4 hot and bothered. I was feeling relaxed knowing that that hard effort we put in on the climb has paid off. I spotted my hubby Mikey taking photos and I waved to my mates Michael, Gordi and Tom at the checkpoint. As a team we quickly checked in and out and I ran over to Beth who had my gear organized for me. I quickly swopped over my Hammer Gels and my Hammer Fizz water bottles over and I was ready to run. Mikey informed me that the Gu Nathan Team was only 2 minutes behind us at the 50km mark. I started to get antsy. Andy… Read More →

Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012 Berowra to St Ives

Oxfam Trail Walker 2012 No Roads Expeditions Paul Robertson & Andrew Lee at Bobbin Head

We ran into the Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012 Berowra Community Center 28.5km at 10:14am after 3 hours and 14 minutes of running and quickly checked in and out out the check point. We all turned around and found our support crew Garry and Beth Cardelli waiting for us. Beth was awesome, she had all my gear ready and waiting. I quickly had some more serotide hoping that the long lasting ventolin would help with my asthma. I was having to use my ventolin almost every 2 hours with not much relief. I would just have to see if the serotide would make a difference or otherwise at the end of this event I will collapse like at Glow Worm Tunnel Marathon… Read More →

Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012 Start to CP2

Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012 start of the race Shona Stephenson

Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012 Start to CP2 Berowra 28.5km With a cheer we were off and running in the Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012. I could not help myself I had to be at the front. I like to get rid of nervous energy. I’m like a horse at the gates, I just love to race. I ran out quick but well under my anaerobic threshold and I just was happy to stretch my legs along the road and have a clean run to up the first fire trail. In 2012 there were some really strong teams competing in Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012. Our main rival for the mixed category was to be the Gu Nathan team featuring the Wellington Marathon 2012… Read More →

Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012 – Forming a Winning Team.

Oxfam Trail Walker 2012 No Roads Expeditions Checkpoint

Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012 is a team event first and foremost. To win the event you need an amazing team that is willing to work together through everyones strengths and weaknesses…… This story started way back in December when I emailed Brendan Davies about the possibility of forming a strong female No Roads Team for Oxfam 2012. No Roads Expeditions already had a cracking male team, there was no way I’d be able to keep up with the likes of Andrew Lee, Ben Artup, Brendan Davies, Mike Donges. But if there was a female team with Beth Cardelli and Angela Bateup, I felt like I could maybe just hold my own. No Roads Expeditions could only managed to obtain one… Read More →

City2Surf 2012

City2Surf 2012 Bib Shona Stephenson

I did not expect much from my performance for the City2Surf 2012. I’ve been injured for about a month with numerous ankle sprains. The last sprain was just over a week ago. My preparation for the event was definitely disrupted. I did what I could do. Cross trained and just watched my diet to keep the weight off. I heated and massaged and rehabbed my ankle daily. I’ve gone through about 4 rolls of strapping tape in 2 weeks. Running a personal best at the City2Surf 2012 was going to be a struggle. It is the only road race I compete in every year so I just wanted to enjoy the day, have fun, catch up with mates and hurt… Read More →

Sprained Ankle

Sprained Ankle Trail running Trail running injuries ultra run Australia Shona Stephenson

Sprained ankle, I am totally gutted. I’ve sprained my anklefor the 4th time in as many weeks and I have to use common sense and pull out of Mt Solitary that is on in two days. This is the chain of events that have lead to pulling out of Mt Solitary. 16th of July, after successfully running 55kms on the Saturday from Berowra to Brooklyn Return and then backing up and running the Footpoint Trail series on the 15th of July. I sprained my ankle badly jumping over a fence at Camperdown Oval at the arrival of a PT session. I had my PT bag on my shoulder adding an extra 10 kilos to my body weight on my right… Read More →

Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney Training and Footpoint Trail Series

Shona Stephenson and Beth Cardelli Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney Trail Running Australia

Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney Training session for my No Roads Expeditions team consisted of Beth Cardelli. Our 3rd team mate, Andrew Lee was running in the Kokoda Challenge with Brendan Davies, Ewan Horsbrough and Clarke McCoughan up in Brisbane. Paul Robertson was resting before his adventure race in the following week. It was up to the girls, Beth and I to put in some tough kilometers in prep for the Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 100km event in only 6 weeks. I decided that to toughen myself up and to prepare my body for the onslaught of the Kuringai National Park, I needed to run from Berowra to Brooklyn and return. This would be our longest and most brutal training session for Oxfam Trailwalker… Read More →

Oxfam Trailwalker 2012 Sydney Training

Oxfam Trailwalker 2012 Sydney Training Run

Oxfam Trailwalker 2012 Sydney Training Session Brooklyn to Turramurra, my parents house. I woke up on Saturday and I knew I could not run. I had gastro. Either it was the end of the flu. Or it was my stomach reacting form the antibiotics that I was prescribed from the doctor for my tonsillitis and chest infection that the flu developed into. On Thursday my asthma was still shocking. I’ve never heard my chest gurgle so much. I was having problem breathing and I was just having ventolin just to get through the day. I went to the doctors and got my asthma and what ever sickness I had sorted out. I called Beth, and postponed my session for an… Read More →

Woodford To Glenbrook Classic 2012

Trail Running Australia Woodford To Glenbrook 2012

Again I decided late to enter the Woodford To Glenbrook Classic 2012. I have 3 clients running in the Blue Mountains for the first time and I really wanted to be there for them. I’d run 42km around Mt Solitary the Saturday before. I was without a car for Tuesday and Thursday, so I had to bike between Personal Training Sessions (PT) on those days and I am helping out the local hospital RPA with an exercise induced asthma trial. I had a huge week, and I was feeling knackered. The Woodford To Glenbrook Classic 2012 in the past use to just kill my feet and I would always end up with a few “Hot Spots” in my feet after… Read More →